Music in Iraklio

Aerakis Music

An Iraklio landmark since 1974, this little shop stocks an expertly curated selection of Cretan and Greek music, from old and rare recordings to the latest releases, many on its own record labels, Cretan Musical Wor…
Market in Hania


Hania’s cross-shaped market hall opened in 1913 and bustles mostly with souvenir-hunting tourists, though a few stands selling traditional Cretan produce and products (herbs, honey, baked goods, raki, cheese) – alon…
Ceramics in Rethymno

Frosso Bora Pottery Studio & Shop

Local artist Frosso Bora makes beautiful pots, vases, candlesticks, bowls and other vessels from local clay using the wheel or slabs. Prices are very reasonable.
Books in Iraklio

Roadside Travel

This travel specialist bookshop has an impressive selection of guidebooks and maps plus good publications on Crete and its ancient sites.
Arts & Crafts in Maroulas

Marianna’s Workshop

Right on the main road of Maroulas, you’ll find tiny Marianna’s Workshop. Marianna Founti-Vassi collects aromatic medicinal herbs from the mountains to make her unique range of teas and oils from natural extracts us…
Arts & Crafts in Rethymno


Found across Greece, the fading tradition of koulouri (embroidered bread) has its roots in Crete. In a tradition passed down by his grandfather, baker Spanoioakis continues to create intricately decorated bread, inc…
Market in Iraklio

Iraklio Market

An Iraklio institution, if slightly touristy these days, this busy narrow market along Odos 1866 (1866 St) is one of the best in Crete and has everything you need to put together a delicious picnic. Stock up on the …
Arts & Crafts in Rethymno


John Spantidakis works with raw leather – not pre-dyed or pre-cut – to create bags, belts and wallets that will make you crave leatherware like never before. Paint strokes and unusual cuts lift this traditional art …
Arts & Crafts in Rethymno

Wood Art

Many of the wooden ware you find in Greece has been imported from Tunisia. But Niko Siragas creates his own here using woodturning techniques dating back to the Minoans. An internationally acclaimed artist and teach…
Cosmetics in Argyroupoli

Lappa Avocado Shop

Across the street from the remains of Ancient Lappa and under the stone archway, you’ll find the Lappa Avocado Shop. Not only does it sell excellent avocado-based beauty products, but it doubles as an unofficial tou…